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TRICK OR TREAT WINE EVENT WITH WINE GUY MIKE

Wine Guy Mike Wine Event

Join WineGuyMike for an evening of Trick and Treat wine tasting.

Join WineGuyMike for an evening of Trick and Treat wine tasting. Scratch Catering will be presenting delicious Charcuterie, cheese, and a delectable dessert. 

World Class Charcuterie and Cheese at Wine Guy Mike Events

World Class Charcuterie and Cheese at Wine Guy Mike Events

 

October 26th, 2017 6:30-9:30 pm 

Katie O’Keefe’s Casino 2100 Stephens Avenue, Missoula, MT 59801

Tickets are $35.00 and space is limited, please RSVP no later than 10/25/2017.

Or contact WineGuyMike; mike@wineguymike.com or text at 406-370-7162

 

 

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The Tasting Room Presents Ferrari Winery CEO Matteo Lunelli

Join Wine Guy Mike every week on the radio from 12:00-1:00 pm MDT. You can also live stream right here at Missoula Community Radio. This week The Tasting Room Presents Ferrari Winery CEO Matteo Lunelli.

Matteo Lunelli, CEO, Ferrari Winery

Matteo Lunelli, CEO, Ferrari Winery

Click Here To View Interview with Matteo Lunelli

Cantine Ferrari

Cantine Ferrari

The Ferrari Winery was founded over a century ago in the Trentino region of northern Italy. It is not only regarded as the premier Sparkling wine producer in all of Italy but the winery also has a world-renowned reputation as a top producer of Metodo Classico Sparkling wines.

Built on the dream of Giulio Ferrari in 1902 this winery is now under the leadership of Matteo and his cousins Marcello, Camilla, and Alessandro. The Lunelli family take the very best from a century of tradition combined with an Italian lifestyle of living life to the fullest, enjoying family, friends, and of course a glass of Ferrari Sparkling wine from the Trentodoc.

The Trentodoc is situated high in the mountains in the Trentino region of northern Italy. This area was discovered by Giulio Ferrari to be an exceptional area to grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Sustainably farmed today by the third generation of Lunelli’s the Ferrari Winery is Certified Organic and received the prestigious Biodiversity Friend certification from the Worldwide Biodiversity Association.

Trentino Wine Region

Trentino Wine Region

Trentodoc is the first Sparkling wine D.O.C. in Italy and the second Metodo Classico designation in the world after the Champagne wine region of France. Today this area has 40 producers and more than 100 wines that denote the Trentodoc designation.

Dolomite Mountains and Lake Garda

Dolomite Mountains and Lake Garda

This very special wine region whose vineyards are located high in the hills at the base of the Dolomite mountains is also situated nearby the moderating influences of Lake Garda. The Trentodoc has warm days and cool nights receiving maritime influences from the Mediterranean and cool mountain breezes from the Dolomite mountains. The altitude of the Trentodoc vineyards concentrate the fruit and sugar of the grapes and also produce ideal acidity in the grapes for producing Sparkling wines of exceptional quality.

Ferrari Sparkling Wine Bottles

Ferrari Sparkling Wine Bottles

The Ferrari sparkling wines undergo two fermentations, the first results in the expression of terroir and the cuvée or desired blend are created. It is during second fermentation that sugar and yeast are added perlage or bubbles develop in the wine which makes it Sparkling. The cuvée remains cellared in the bottle for a period of two to ten years. Remuage or the daily one-eighth turning of the bottle is a treatment each bottle receives thus migrating the sediment from the lees or dead yeast cells toward the neck of the bottle. This is done in preparation for dégorgement which removes the dead yeast cells. At this time Ferrari winemakers introduce the liqueur d’expédition or the addition of their secret formula. It is this secret formula that defines the style of the wine from any other winery and makes the wines from the Ferrari Winery very special in the world of Sparkling Wine.

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The Tasting Room Presents In The Footsteps Of Norman Maclean Festival

In The Footsteps Of Norman Maclean Festival

In The Footsteps Of Norman Maclean Festival

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of that movie that made Montana famous worldwide, A River Runs Through It. This year is also the 2nd Annual celebration of In The Footsteps Of Norman Maclean Festival, a literary festival, that is hosted by Alpine Artisans. Alpine Artisans is a not-for-profit organization that supports rural education by bringing Arts, Culture, Musical, and Theatrical experiences to rural schools in the Seeley, Swan, and Blackfoot Valleys of Western Montana.

The Story Of The Blackfoot Video

In The Footsteps Of Norman Maclean Festival takes place every other year and has been a huge success thanks to the Alpine Artisans, some of whom I happen to know personally. This organization and its members have a passion for providing arts, culture, music, and education to rural schools in the beautiful Seeley, Swan, and Blackfoot Valleys. These 3 Valleys are home to many multi-generation families whose properties were homesteaded by 3 or 4 generations prior. There are many relative newcomers to this pristine area in Western Montana, many whom are very accomplished and have experienced life, arts, and culture in the major metropolitan areas from which they have relocated to the beauty that is Montana.

The Footsteps Festival is a 3-day event packed with activities culminating in Missoula at The Wilma Theater with a showing of A River Runs Through It. Actor Tom Skerritt, who played Reverend Maclean in the movie A River Runs Through It, Patrick Markey, Producer of the film, and Richard Friedenberg will all be there for the showing of this beloved film.

In The Footsteps Of Norman Maclean Festival 2017 Video

Visit the festival website for details of all three days of activities or download the entire program right here; festival program.

Wine Guy Mike Wine Tasting at the Norman Maclean Festival

Wine Guy Mike Wine Tasting at the Norman Maclean Festival

WineGuyMike will be leading a wine tasting Saturday evening, September 9th, at the historic Double Arrow Resort. This tasting will include a flight of 5 wines selected by Missoula wine expert, Wine Guy Mike, and hors d’oeuvres from the Double Arrow Lodge Executive Chef Clayton. Tickets are available for this outstanding event right here, Wine Tasting Tickets.

Don’t miss this one of a kind special weekend, In The Footsteps Of Norman Maclean.

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The Final Chapter Of Valentine’s Destiny With TRIbella Wine

Rob and Miranda are headed to the Chapel and are going to get married!

Rob and Miranda are headed to the Chapel and are going to get married!

This last Valentine’s Day I wrote an article titled, “Valentine Serendipity From Our Friends At TRIbella.” This was a story of friendship, love, and serendipitous fate that acknowledged the life long friendship of TRIbella inventor Skip Lei and long-time friend and business partner Tom Beehler. This story that received a great deal of attention also paralleled a story of fate, love, and destiny.

The TRIbella wine aerator is for those of us who use and love this must have tool #ThePerfectPour but the ending to this story of love and fate is more than Tom Beehler could have imagined.  If you missed the first part of this story from the previous article I recommend you click on the link above and read that story first.

TRIbella Aerator and Case

TRIbella Aerator and Case

Rob and Miranda are the young man and women that Tom attempted to introduce on three separate occasions, but it never materialized. If you read the previous article you would understand that Rob and Miranda had a meeting of fate, one of true destiny that Tom Beehler could have never imagined.

Tom not only is great when it comes to #ThePerfectPour with the TRIbella aerator but as it turns out Tom has a real knack when it comes to #ThePerfectPairing! Rob and Miranda whom Tom tried his darndest to introduce met all on their own and as destiny has it are engaged to be married.

My friend Tom got it right with TRIbella and life and for that, I am eternally grateful. Why you might ask, well the young lady, Miranda, in this story of love and destiny is my daughter. Her mother and I couldn’t be more pleased to soon have Rob as our son-in-law. As for Tom, he is known in our family circle as the connector of the Universe. Thank you, Tom Beehler!

I hope everyone will enjoy the end of this love story as much as Rob’s family, the Beehler family, and my family have. Cheers to all of you who may be reading this story!

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The Tasting Room Presents Writers’ Fall Opus – Connoisseur’s Edition

Writers' Fall Opus - Connoisseur's Edition

Writers’ Fall Opus – Connoisseur’s Edition

The Tasting Room is a weekly show on KFGM, Missoula Community Radio. and is hosted by Missoula’s Wine Guy Mike.  The show airs live from 12:00-1:00 MDT on 105.5 FM or you can stream live at KFGM online.

Yesterday on The Tasting Room, a weekly program hosted by Wine Guy Mike, Kevin Head co-owner of The Rhino in beautiful Downtown Missoula, Montana stopped by the radio studio to share a very special event he is co-hosting with The University of Montana Creative Writing Program.

Kevin is a graduate of Creative Writing at The University of Montana and this event has special meaning for him. The Writers’ Fall Opus “Connoisseur’s Edition” is a benefit event whose proceeds benefit The University of Montana Creative Writing Programs, student scholarships, literary journals, and the programs visiting writer series.

This event is one you will not want to miss, ticket prices may seem steep but this may be the most prolific event of its kind. There will be an amazing array of Scotch, Cognac, a very special Gin, and wines that most of us will never purchase due to the rarity and prices. For that very reason alone this event is worth attending but this benefit is crucial to support the UM Creative Writing Program.

Tickets are $200 and may be reserved in advance or purchased at the door. Tables of 8 can be purchased for $1200.  This year the event will be held on the second floor of Missoula College’s new River Campus, located off East Broadway, and doors open at 6 p.m.

Here is a sample beverage list for this Writers’ Fall Opus “Connoisseur’s Edition.”

Connoisseur's Edition Scotch

Connoisseur’s Edition Scotch

Scotch
• Brora 37 yr.
• Bowmore 38yr. 1968
• Macallan 18yr. Gran Reserva 1979
• Lochside – 40yr. Signatory 1966
• Ardbeg “Provenance” 54.7%
• Auchentoshan 29yr. 1973
• Bunnahabhain “Auld Aquaintance” 34yr. 1968
• Mortloch 1980 G&M
• Miltonduff 38yr.
• Glen Grant 50yr.
• Linkwood 26yr.
• Glenrothes 30yr. G&M
• Springbank 33yr. Adelphi
• Glenmorangie “Culloden” 1971
• Glenfarclas 1979 Family Cask
• Highland Park “Hjarta” 58.1%
• Port Ellen 26yr. 1979 Old Bothwell
• Glenmorangie “Burr Oak”

Japanese
• Karuizawa 1986 cask# 1387
• Nikka 1986

Irish
• Jameson 2007 Rarest Vintage Reserve

Cognac
• Hennessey Paradis Extra
• Remy Martin Louis XIII

Gin
• Rolet

Connoisseur's Edition Wine

Connoisseur’s Edition Wine

Wine – Red
• Chateau de Beaucastel Grande Cuvee “Hommage a Jacques Perrin” 2007
• Paul Hobbs Cab. Sauv. 2012 “Beckstoffer/Dr. Crane”
• Caymus Cab. Sauv. 2012 “Special Selection”
• Opus 2012
• Joseph Phelps 2012 “Insignia”
• L’Aventure Estate Cab. Sauv. 2007
• L’Aventure 2013 Estate Cuvee

Please consider attending this very worthwhile benefit and for more information please contact Karin Schalm at (406) 243-5267 or karin.schalm@mso.umt.edu

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The Many Shades And Styles Of Rosé Wine

Rosé Wine

Rosé Wine on the Clark Fork River in Western Montana

Rosé wine may be a Summer passion in Europe but in America, the dreaded “Pink Wine” is still a hot topic of disagreement amongst American wine lovers. In the Dog Days of a hot Summer like we are experiencing in Western Montana this year drinking one of The Many Shades And Styles Of Rosé Wine may be the next best thing to drinking Kool-Aid as a kid on a hot Summer day.

Kool-Aid

A Kid’s Best Friend on a Hot Summer Day, Kool-Aid

Wine Styles

Wine is a journey and it has recently occurred to me in recent months that the way I view and share wine is very than my viewpoint in the past.

As grapes change with every new season so do the things I feel are important for me to share with you about wine.  This is what I love most about wine, it is ever changing, it evolves and I can never know it all but with every sip, I try to keep pace with it.

Today on The Tasting Room I would like to share a few thoughts that I consider to be important in understanding wine.  In decades past wines frequently emulated the most popular version of trendy or fashionable wine.  For example, many wine lovers expected a Pinot Noir to be just like that from Burgundy or a Cabernet Sauvignon to always be similar to a Napa Valley Cabernet.

Today’s wineries and winemaker from around the world are trying to craft their wines in a manner to express the truth of their vineyards or what the French refer to as Terroir, or translated, a sense of place.

The sense of place encompasses weather, elevation, slope location, surrounding biodynamic environment, grapevine strain a.k.a “clone”, and the geologic makeup of what lies under the ground below.

Viticulturists, who are the grape farmers, and the winemakers both strive for quality of fruit because they are very clear that great wines are made in the vineyard.  Producing quality fruit is critical in producing great wines, capturing truth in wine, a true sense of sense of place, exhibiting restraint in winemaking, power, and balance in the fruit.

What’s next is what’s not. Restraint, that’s right, today’s best winemakers are practicing less is more.  Beginning with farming practices Organic and Bio-dynamic farming is becoming more common place in viticulture and as a result, the fruit is not over developed nor full of chemicals.  During fermentation stages, winemakers are working with more native yeasts which allow for wines that express a better sense of place.  Winemakers are also striving for clean wines that exude balance through a hands off approach, not over manipulated.

Balance in wine makes reference to a wine that is equal in fruit, acid, and alcohol.  Gone are the days of wines showcasing overbearing fruit or alcohol exceeding a high 14 percent.  It just doesn’t work well with food and drunk by itself can be too big a wine exhibiting entirely too much fruit.

When you consider different wine regions from around the world you cannot compare them.  A Pinot Noir from Burgundy is different from a Russian River Valley Pinot which is different from a Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot that is vastly different from a Napa Valley Pinot Noir in California.  To the point, it is important to understand what a wines particular sense of place really is.  Only then are you able to equitably evaluate the quality of wines from particular areas?

Wines today are what I refer to as “stylistic” and it’s important to note that wines from various regions display very different nuances of aroma, flavor, and tactile sensations.  Discovering what you like in a wine and what region of the world it’s from is important to understand.  Establishing a basis and perspective of a given area allows you to more fairly evaluate wine varietals from that region.

When you become familiar with an area there are a few very important things to consider when tasting a wine; is the wine simple, so simple that it lacks depth or dimension?  Is the wine complex with layers of aroma when you smell it?  Does the wine offer multiple layers of flavor your palate when you taste it?

A wine that has been overly refined to the point it is so smooth that it has lost its character is a wine that a winemaker has had their way with.  Heavy handed and overly manipulated to the point that a wine exudes no character or personality, the wine has been rendered uninteresting, a real dullard.  The winemaker was not restrained and perhaps lost their way….

All About Rosé Wine

Rosé Wine From Adelsheim Vineyard

Rosé Wine From Adelsheim Vineyard

Provence in the south western grape growing region of France was the first to produce Rosé wine.  Romans were the first to control this area of the world and it wasn’t until the later Middle- Ages that Monks re-established vineyards that were common to the area and began producing Rosé wine.  The wine was used for sacramental purposes in the Catholic church and to also financially support the various monastic orders.

Winemaking Technique

It was during the early 1970’s in California there was a glut of red grapes and a significant shortage of white grapes.  Winemakers incorporated a winemaking technique known as Saigneé which translated means the bleeding of the wine vats.  Consider for just a moment how gravy is made using the juices from the protein that have separated from the fat in the roasting pan.  This also occurs in wine vats as the heavy grape must separates from the grape juice which is much lighter.  By using the Saigneé method some winemakers from this era would make white wine by using red grapes.  This winemaking method allowed the juice and the must to remain together for a short period of time and then winemakers “bleed” off what then becomes Rosé wine.

A Traditional winemaking technique is also used to make Rosé wine.  Grape skins are left with the fruit for just a few days, thus producing a beautiful delicate pink color with a very little tannin like that found in red wine.

The third method that is generally not acceptable in most regions of the world is to add red wine back into white wine until the desirable coloration is achieved.

The term “Blush” Wine originates from the mid-70’s and made reference to a pale-pink wine but is now reserved for a sweet pink wine with a residual sugar of 2.5%.  In America most dry pink wines are marketed and sold as a Rosé while Europe refers to all pink wine as Rosé regardless of residual sugar levels, this includes imports from America that are semi-sweet.

Rosé is a wine style not a varietal of wine.  This is very important to understand as a consumer.  There are up to 11 types of Rosé wine styles currently being produced around the world.

Rosé of Provence

Rosé of Provence

Rosé of Pinot Noir

Rosé of Pinot Noir

Rosé of Grenache

Rosé of Grenache

Rosé of Tavel

Rosé of Tavel

Rosé of Mourvèdre

Rosé of Mourvèdre

Rosé of Malbec

Rosé of Malbec

Rosé of Tempranillo

Rosé of Tempranillo

Rosé of Syrah

Rosé of Syrah

Rosé of Sangiovese

Rosé of Sangiovese

Rosé of Zinfandel

Rosé of Zinfandel

Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon

Type’s Of Rosé Wines(How They Are Made)

As a consumer, this can be very confusing when there is so little information about Rosé wines available.  Unfortunately, the general consensus amongst the less traveled wine drinker is that all “pink wine” is sweet, poorly made, and should not be drunk.  I say simply not true!

Rosé Wine in Summertime

Rosé Wine in Summertime

Rosé wine is thought of as seasonal, symbolic of hope and excitement that comes at the beginning of Spring and the sad end of Summer and all of its fond memories.  My good friend Bill Blanchard, the National Sales Manager for Adelsheim Vineyards in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, pointed out to me that he likes to hold back a case of good Rosé.  Bill feels that quality Rosé can last up to 2 years and still be enjoyable for the Christmas holiday season to share with friends and family at dinner.

Wines made in a Rosé style are perhaps some of the most versatile wines that are produced. Rosé wines pair very well with a wide array of foods such as Morbier and Mozzarella cheese, seafood, lite pasta dishes, summer salads, soups, grilled or roasted meats and poultry, they can be very tasty with some desserts too.

As a Wine Consumer Advocate, I consult with retail and bar establishments concerning their wine portfolios and menus, but one of my most important focuses is sharing and teaching consumers about wine.  It is for this very reason I love to share Rosé wine.  Quality Rosé style wine can be the entire package delivering the cool refreshment of white wine and delivering tender nuances of red wine.  Rosé wine done well can be a versatile tool for consumers to enhance their overall knowledge of wine.

The most important thing that a Rosé wine must offer though is perfect restraint, balance, and sense of style.  Rosé wine should be tender and delicate.  Delicate in color, aroma, and taste.  Tender as it graces the palate. If it is not this it is just another poorly made Rosé that lives up to or in this case down to the generally assumed consensus of this potentially great wine.

While teaching, I find that Rosé wine is the perfect conduit to introduce red wine lovers to white wine and white wine lovers to the bold world of red wine.  Could there possibly be a better wine introduction facilitator than a Rosé style of wine?

So what is a nice Rosé wine like?  For my money a perfect Rosé wine is chilled, not served too cold, it is pleasantly dry, not so dry that my tongue is stuck to the roof of my mouth, it is ever so delicate in color like that of an Alaskan Copper River Salmon, and will have the ever so mild aroma of “Strawberry Fields Forever”.

When tasting perfect Rosé it will grace your mid-palate, balanced with fruit, alcohol, and acid.  It presents flavors of very restrained nuance of strawberry and raspberry lingering in the background.  Other fruit driven or savory subtleties present in supporting roles as the various Rosé styles introduce themselves with a particular sense of place or as the French refer to as “terroir”.

Many of today’s winemakers produce Rosé exemplifying their wineries best sense of place.  We will all have our preference of Rosé styles, I want to urge you to be adventurous life is too short to not enjoy some great “Pink Wine!” Long live Rosé!

To learn more about wine or discover wines of impeccable character join me at www.WineGuyMike.com

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